5 Benefits of Moving to an Assisted Living Community
Making the choice to move to an assisted living community can be daunting. It’s a big decision that can represent a significant lifestyle change, so naturally, there can be some trepidation. However, assisted living can be an extremely positive change for many seniors!
In this article, we’ll explore some positives of moving to an assisted living community, focusing on communities near Phoenix, Arizona. If you or your loved one is considering assisted living, here are five benefits to help with your decision-making:
We know that, for many seniors, finances can be tight. You may be on a fixed income, such as a pension or Social Security, which could diminish savings as you age. In these situations, assisted living can seem like an intimidating investment, but it doesn’t have to break the bank!
First, it’s essential to highlight state programs that can financially assist older adults. The Arizona State Treasury has financial resources and tutorials for seniors. The Arizona Department of Economic Security also has some programs to assist with Medicare, including a free benefits counseling service for Medicare beneficiaries.
Even with these resources, assisted living can still be expensive. However, there are affordable options out there! One community, BridgeWater Assisted Living, aims to provide an income-qualified alternative to many communities that are not financially feasible.
BridgeWater’s communities are rent-controlled, so potential residents can work with the Community Benefits Advocate to determine if they will meet the income-qualified requirements. Additionally, BridgeWater accepts Medicaid, and their Sales and Marketing Director can help you find possible aid programs and assist with paperwork.
Housekeeping and Personal Assistance
One of the most important parts of assisted living is the assistance. These communities are staffed with caretakers who can help with virtually anything you need. You can get help with cleaning, laundry, meals, and more, so you’re left with more time to do the things you really enjoy.
Of course, many seniors can also benefit from more personalized assistance. In an assisted living community, discreet and capable caregivers are standing by to offer any assistance; in many communities, this help is available 24/7. Staff can help with many routine activities of daily living, such as:
- Medication management
- Bathing/showering assistance
- Dressing/grooming assistance
- Incontinence care
- Mobility assistance
- Dining amenities
It’s important to note that the services available may differ between communities. Things like housekeeping and medication management will typically be offered, but it’s always worth asking what’s available when you’re looking into an assisted living community. Some communities provide assistance with many more activities of daily living!
Memory Care and Safety
Some families have a loved one experiencing a significant cognitive decline, such as Alzheimer’s disease or other types of dementia. In these cases, families may want a more proactive approach to the health and wellness of the older adults in their life. Residents in a Memory Care program typically have access to the same team and services as Assisted Living residents. Still, they can also benefit from the added protections of increased security measures and specialty healthcare.
The Alzheimer’s Association states that 6 in 10 people living with dementia will wander at least once, and the disease is known to affect things such as balance and judgment. As many families know, this can cause some safety concerns.
Whether or not you’re considering assisted living, you must consider those safety concerns. If you or a family member are experiencing cognitive decline or dementia, we encourage you to view the Alzheimer’s Association’s safety tips.
These safety concerns are already accounted for in a professional Memory Care situation. This can ease many worries for family members, knowing their loved one is safe and cared for.
Communities with a Memory Care program may also have art or music therapy options. Besides being fun, art and music can benefit those with dementia, including improved self-expression and reduced agitation. You can always ask if a memory program includes these therapies or other activities, like cognitive games or fitness classes.
An Assisted Living community is a community, first and foremost. It will be easy to spend time with other residents, allowing you the opportunity to develop new friendships. Most communities will include various social events, such as classes, recreations, and even some volunteer or charity work.
Social opportunities can be a huge benefit. A recent study from the University of Toronto found that seniors who participated in social activities were “more likely to achieve successful aging than their counterparts” who did not participate.
A healthy social life is important to everyone, regardless of age. However, as many seniors know, aging can make traveling to social events or meeting people more challenging. Imagine you could travel just a few minutes from home and easily spend time with your peers watching a movie or taking a fitness class. And if it’s become a little more difficult to move around, you would still have on-site staff to help you get there.
Recreation and Entertainment
Let’s dive further into the recreation and social events we’ve mentioned. It will vary between communities, but as an example, let’s consider BridgeWater Assisted Living again.
They boast a rich selection of amenities that help make assisted living near Phoenix engaging, fun, and healthy. Visit the media room for movie night, presentations, and guest speakers. Keep the body moving with various fitness programs, from chair Yoga to Zumba.
Here are a handful of other highlights:
- Game corner
- Art room
- On-site beauty salon/barber shop
- All utilities, including cable TV
- Small pets welcome
- Chauffeured transportation
Not all of these amenities will be available at every Assisted Living community, so if you’re looking into communities in your area, be sure to ask about what they have available.
Although moving to an Assisted Living community can be a significant change, it can be a positive one. If you or a family member is considering Assisted Living, we hope these five benefits will give you something to look forward to. Reach out to us at BridgeWater today, and see how our community could be your home!
How does this work? Good health is the key. To be truly independent, you need to be healthy. Assisted living communities, like BridgeWater Assisted Living in Tucson, Arizona, provide all the expertise, medical care, therapy, assistance, and opportunities for seniors to maintain the highest levels of physical, mental, and emotional health. Residents receive just the right amount of care for them, which gives them the freedom to try new things and live independently with confidence, knowing that help is there if they need it, day or night.
Staying Physically Healthy
One of the most important aspects of maintaining independence is physical health. We all know that being active, eating right, and getting appropriate medical care are three of the most essential components of physical health. Assisted living communities help seniors address all three of these areas.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) lists the numerous benefits of physical activity as increasing brain health, controlling weight gain, reducing the risk of certain diseases, strengthening both bones and muscles, and improving your ability to perform activities of daily living like bathing and functional mobility like getting up and down.
When you choose BridgeWater Assisted Living, it’s easy to stay active. Many residents participate in our exercise program, choosing from an array of classes that can be adjusted to different skill levels and mobility. For instance, chair yoga classes allow residents to increase flexibility without worrying about getting up and down off the floor, as in regular yoga. On the other hand, Zumba classes are an excellent cardiovascular workout if that’s what you prefer. The wellness and therapy center is also available if you’d rather exercise individually or work with a physical or occupational therapist.
Of course, walking is always a great option. Residents in Tucson assisted living have the added bonus of 300 days of sunshine a year. Whether they choose to take a quick walk with friends on our beautiful grounds or explore the desert beauty around us at nearby parks, seniors in our assisted living can take full advantage year-round of the physical benefits of walking, which include lubrication of joints, improved balance, and stronger muscles.
Did you ever wish you had a personal chef who would make you delicious, nutritious meals every day? At BridgeWater Assisted Living in Tucson, our residents enjoy chef-crafted meals daily, choosing from an exciting seasonal menu or an “always available” menu full of their favorite items. Many residents also take advantage of our transportation services to explore dining options in Tucson with their friends without worrying about dealing with traffic and parking.
When it comes to medical care, assisted living communities have transportation available to take our residents to doctor’s appointments as needed. In addition, our trained and compassionate staff can assist residents with activities of daily living like bathing, grooming, and medication management. You never have to worry about getting help if you need it. BridgeWater Assisted Living also uses CarePredict technology to alert our nurses to potential health needs, all while maintaining your privacy.
Encouraging Mental Wellness
Just like physical exercise keeps our bodies working their best, our minds need exercise too. When you choose Tucson assisted living at BridgeWater, you gain access to a wide variety of cognitive therapies, including art and music therapy, to keep your thinking sharp. You can also stay mentally active by learning a new hobby, attending exciting classes, or taking advantage of our on-site library.
Mental well-being also comes from a sense of comfort. If you have a pet, you know the comfort and joy they bring. BridgeWater Assisted Living in Tucson is a pet-friendly community so that you can bring your four-legged friend to your new home.
Finally, having access to the beautiful, natural surroundings of Tucson, both on-site and in the greater Tucson area, can do wonders for your mental and emotional well-being. Sharing a quiet evening with friends in our outdoor common areas or walking through a nearby park with your family, friends, or your dog, Tucson’s desert beauty will feed your soul.
Creating a Social Network
Human beings thrive when they are connected to others. Assisted living communities foster these connections in many different ways, creating a built-in social network for residents. Whether it’s game nights, scheduled outings to cultural events, book clubs, art classes, or other activities, there’s always something to do and someone to do it with.
BridgeWater Assisted Living also provides opportunities for cultural enrichment and interaction with the community with scheduled outings and activities to nearby shopping, dining, sports, and attractions.We would love to tell you more about how we foster our residents’ independence and help them truly live life to the fullest. If you have questions or would like to schedule a tour to see for yourself, please contact us today to find out how we can best serve you and your family.